Definition of evacuate
- were ordered to evacuate the building
People who live along the coast are being evacuated as the hurricane approaches.
During World War II, children were evacuated from London to the country.
Residents were ordered to evacuate the building.
Residents have been ordered to evacuate.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: to remove (someone) from a dangerous place
: to leave (a dangerous place)
medical : to pass (solid waste) from your body
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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